Distinctives of LifeBridge Church
1. LifeBridge Church (LBC) is committed to the authoritative, infallible, inerrant inspired Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16). We are committed to the reality that at the heart of God’s special revelation to mankind is His manifold glory revealed in the full gospel recorded in the Old and New Testaments of His written word (Luke 24:13-35).
2. LBC is committed to the revealed reality that the power of salvation is found in the gospel and nothing else. The gospel is the good news that God redeems and saves every aspect of our lives. The gospel redeems our spiritual lives, psychological lives, social lives, and economic lives. The gospel penetrates every aspect of life and uniquely and solely brings healing to the repentant sinner (Hebrews 4:12).
3. Therefore, LBC is committed to preaching the gospel and to organizing corporate worship around the preaching of the gospel. This thrust, by the power of God through His gospel, leads his people to repentance and genuine worship (1 Cor. 2:2).
4. All things exist for the glory of God (Isaiah 48:9-11, Ephesians 1:13-14, Isaiah 43:6-7, Ezekiel 20:14). The gospel’s purpose is to reveal God’s glory in His sovereign calling of sinners to repentance and salvation. Therefore, the mission of LBC, as those who have been reconciled to God, is clearly stated in 2 Corinthians 5. We are now ambassadors of His glory to the world by means of the proclamation of the gospel. We are called to plead, urge, implore, reason, and pray to see God glorified through reconciliation.
5. Concerning the inter-relatedness of men and women, LBC is distinctly complementarian. This means that while LBC affirms that men and women are indeed equal in value before God, having both been made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26), they are also distinct in their roles within the life of the church and family (Gen. 2:18, 21-24; 3:1-13; 1 Cor. 11:7-9). While much of popular culture believes that a biblical worldview serves to burden men and women in their God-given roles, LBC affirms that the complementarian position most liberates men and women to live according to their unique design, a design crafted by God, rather than the world.
6. LBC is committed to qualified, godly, accountable men serving as elders, the vessels by which God leads His Church (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus).
7. LBC is committed to the intentional discipleship of the body in order to lead to the fruit of the gospel (Matt 28:18-20, 2 Tim 2:2, Hebrews 10:24). LBC is committed to making disciples in gospel-centered worship, gospel centered communities, and gospel centered multiplication.
8. LBC is committed to an ever-increasing passion for being a missional community (Matt 28, Acts 1:5, John 17, the Epistles). That means that we will pursue missions (foreign and domestic) by intentional, relational, conversational, confrontational, and all other God-glorifying means.
9. LBC is committed to planting churches. Because the pattern of scripture is to train, equip, and send, and because planting churches is the most effective way for missional communities regardless of context to extend God’s kingdom, we will seek to deliberately follow this pattern and plant gospel centered churches.
10. LBC is committed to being a community of prayer as a means of grace by which believers and the body experience the rich joy of being in Christ and through which the power of the Holy Spirit achieves the will of God in and through community on mission (1 Thess. 5:17, John 15).
11. LBC is committed to the training and equipping of believers for the work of service (Eph 4:12).
12. LBC is committed to demonstrating the gospel’s power through deliberate and intentional expressions of God’s love for widows and orphans. This means widows and orphans in both the literal, and metaphorical sense found in scripture (James 1:27).